If you’re just joining in Sara of Mom With a Hook and I are having a Cross Blog Conversation. Basically you get to eavesdrop on our conversation about crochet and lots of other things. Cool huh? You can find out more about cross blogging in the first post.
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If you’re all caught up then you know it’s my turn to respond.
Thanks again for your interest in my 365 project. I was just resizing today’s photos to get them up on the blog and I’m really having so much fun with them. I haven’t gotten a chance to create a Flickr page for the whole set yet but anyone whose interested can see the collection as it grows on the Pinterest board I’ve created for the project. And this is the first I’ve mentioned of it but at the end of the year I’m hoping to turn it into a big coffee table book with tips for wearing crochet and quotes about crochet and fashion.
It’s funny that you mention that you rarely crochet stuff for yourself but that you need to for your upcoming Craftology class (ooh, do tell me more about that class!) The reason it’s funny is because I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of crocheters feel some pressure to wear our crochet when we go to any type of craft event, as a teacher or just a participant. I know that I always try to show up in new crochet whenever I go to something. Not that I think the other crocheters are judging me because they’re really a generous and kind group but I guess I just like the positive attention from other crafter taking an interest in what I’m wearing. So tell me, any idea what you’re going to make for yourself before that class starts? Do you use other people’s patterns as well or just make your own?
Now on to more serious topics … thank you for sharing a little bit of your history with crochet as a healing tool for bipolar. I’ll be getting to your email soon about that (sooo far behind this week on email; it’s shameful!) but in the meantime wanted to say that I think it’s important that we share these stories when we are ready and strong enough to do so. As you said, most people don’t guess that depression is something I’ve dealt with because I tend towards an upbeat, positive and strong attitude. But it’s definitely had a grave effect on my life over time and part of why I want to start sharing that with people is because I want them to know that there is a way through and out to the other side even when it doesn’t feel like it. And I definitely want to spread the word (through both my blog and my upcoming book) that crochet can be a part of that process for many people. As I started sharing my story and letting people know about that project so many wonderful women opened up to me and told me about the various ways in which crochet has helped them. (Crochet Saved My Life is the working title of the book, by the way.)
I could go on and on about this (and the side conversation we could have about medication pros and cons and experiences!) but I’ll stick to the crochet aspect here. I think it’s wonderful that you were able to start crocheting blankets for women who had lost a child and I’m sure that this was a healing thing for you to do as well. What I’ve been told again and again is that one reason that crochet is such a healing tool is because it allows you to productively give back to others regardless of your own limitations. I’ve heard from elderly people, disabled folks, people who are going blind, chronically ill folks and those dealing with debilitating depression and/ or anxiety and often their situations make them feel worthless and helpless but if they can pick up a hook and yarn and turn it into a product for someone else in need then they gain self-esteem and purpose. Whew, yes, I have a lot to say on this topic. I’d love to know more about your charity crocheting.
I think your Granny Square Exchange and Friendship Afghan also highlight another great healing aspect of crochet. For various reasons, people who crochet may feel isolated at times and these types of swaps are a great way to strengthen the sense of community even if the friends you’re swapping with are on the other side of the world. Have you done this type of Granny Square exchange in the past? If so, what have you made with the squares? I’ve done swaps through Swapbot in the past but haven’t actually done any related to crochet.
You’d asked about my Crochet Jobs project and that’s definitely something I’m hoping gets better over the next few months. Basically what I do is scour the web each weekday for leads on any jobs that are related to crochet and yarn. Mostly what I find are jobs for crochet teachers but sometimes I find leads from people who want something crocheted for them or who need a tech editor. I try hard to make sure that the leads are legitimate but I’m not sure how well I’m doing this so far. What I’m hoping is that more people will start using my job ad tool to let me know about good legitimate jobs that they have for crocheters (sample makers, tech editors, etc.) and that this will grow into a hub where people can come to find work in the crochet community. I’ve only been doing it for about three weeks so far and the response has been positive so we’ll see how it develops over time.
And yes, thanks for noticing my #CrochetQuestionOfTheDay. I’m doing it as a hashtag on Twitter and as a daily post on G+. Each day I ask a crochet-related question and eagerly look forward to the variety of answers that people give. I think it’s a great fun way to easily connect over crochet without investing a lot of time. When I see a topic that people are really interested in, I make a note of it because it might be something we’d all like to explore further in my Friday Open Discussions.
Okay to wrap this up, I see that you’ve got the Compassion International Fundraiser coming up next month. What’s that all about?
Looking forward to hearing back from you again!
Summary of My Nosy Questions
Just to make it easier for Sara I thought I’d pull the questions out of the above post and put them in one place:
- Any idea what you’re going to make for yourself before that class starts?
- Do you use other people’s patterns as well or just make your own?
- I’d love to know more about your charity crocheting.
- Have you done the Granny Square exchange in the past? If so what have you made with the squares?
- I see that you’ve got the Compassion International Fundraiser coming up next month. What’s that all about?
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